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The Jews

Win Big Against Russians

Over Historic Manuscripts

1/16/2013 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Score a big one for religious freedom -- a judge just nailed the Russian Government with huge fines for refusing to turn over some priceless books and manuscripts that were stolen from the preeminent worldwide Jewish cultural organization ... TMZ has learned.

Chabad sued the Russian Federation for illegally refusing to turn over thousands of religious books and manuscripts which recorded the group's core teachings.  In 2010, a U.S. federal judge ruled the Russians had to return the artifacts, but the Russkies said niet.

Lawyers for Chabad -- Marshall Grossman and Seth Gerber of the law firm of Bingham, McCutchen -- just won a huge victory.  A federal judge ruled today that the Russian Government must pay Chabad $50,000 a day for each day they refuse to fork over the books.

The penalties will amount to $18 mil a year. 

Interestingly, the Obama Administration through the State Dept. went to court to oppose an award of sanctions, arguing they would screw up U.S./Russian relations.  The judge didn't buy it.

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NoVerbs    

To those of you who maintain that religion doesn't belong here: When it's your website, you can dictate what does and doesn't get posted. That is all.

456 days ago
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Steven318    

It Very said to see all the racist comments some of you post if here what are you going to do when you get the heaven and found out Jesus isn't the man you see on the bible? You would probably rather burn in hell smh

456 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

russia is also full of jewish population,Tmz`s fake american jews never heard of russian jews being saved in WWII and in fact russia saved more jews than the states ever did.

456 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

the american court system has no power in russia and the russian jewish pwoers want those artifacts more than the american jewish pop thats is why they have and have protected them all these years.SHOCK story kicking at our biggest ally in WWII whom saved millions of jews and whom still protects tham and thier faiths

456 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

harvey is blowing smoke out of his tass again yelling roit in a smoke filled shock story for profit with no content or real facts.Fact is the russian goverment has protected those papers and peoples of jewish faiths all these years.Now some american jews form WWII? are still alive and fuctional? and want back something the russian jews have controlled all these years.IT was thier own papers in the first place they are jewish also.Maybe they will share but they will never give back something that is theirs in the first place.STOP hating jewish russians harvey

456 days ago
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rudynjudyjudy    

There are jews all over the globe not all of them live in american and not all artifacts are american jews most of those are not owned by the american jews but by global populationals for jews whom didn`t settle in the states.Havey is a jew basher and russian hater trying to build a war?

456 days ago
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pegasus    

What is this now, TMZ is becoming the Jewish Daily News? Contrary to what those in control of this website think, the majority of people are not jewish and are sick and tired of your propaganda pushing agenda BS.

456 days ago
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sum dum jerq    

This is stupid, why is it on TMZ?

455 days ago
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Vyacheslav    

Stupid decision of the court to bypass the U.S. authorities. Author and do wit! this court that does not solve. I think they understand that this is a silly idea! No one will get a cent from the Government or the Ministry of Culture of Russia.

455 days ago
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Vyacheslav    

Stupid decision of the court to bypass the U.S. authorities. Author and do wit! this court that does not solve. I think they understand that this is a silly idea! No one will get a cent from the Government or the Ministry of Culture of Russia.

455 days ago
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fifi    

This has WHAT to do with entertainment?
PS: This story is too boring to even register on real news sites.

453 days ago
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